Humanity’s Destruction of Oceans Nearly Doubled Over a Decade, Scientists Warn, and Could Double Again Without Urgent Action

August 13, 2019 by Common Dreams “The solutions are known and within our grasp. We just need the social and political will to take action.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer The beach at Hawaii’s Kanapou Bay collects debris from throughout the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: NOAA/Flickr/cc) Humanity’s impact on global oceans nearly doubled in a just over a decade and could double …

Lots of coal ash and impacts from dependence on coal and fossil fuels

PBS, Aug 2019 Coal ash is a particularly dangerous byproduct of our dependence on fossil fuels. In communities that have dealt with coal ash spills, the incidents sparked concerns about toxins potentially seeping into water. Utilities have been pushed to adopt tougher safety standards — but activists say the companies are resisting rules necessary for public health. Science correspondent Miles …

Rising water stress will affect plants: if the water potential and vapor pressure are larger in the atmosphere – water will dissipate faster and stronger from soil and plants

The increased growth rate of plants seen worldwide in response to rising CO2 levels – a phenomenon known as “global greening” – could be stalled by growing water stress, a study finds. Global warming is driving changes to water vapour levels, the research finds, which could, in turn, be affecting the rate of plant photosynthesis – the process underpinning plant growth. Article …

New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions

Climate Liability News, March 2019 Litigation/New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions New York City wants to shift the burden of protecting the city back onto the companies it says have overwhelmingly caused the climate crisis. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images Litigation |  March 27, 2019  print By Karen Savage In its latest brief trying to keep alive its …

Greenland’s ice loss has increased six-fold since the 80s. Now, over the last week, Greenland shed more than 60 billion tons of ice, enough to cover the state of Florida in nearly 5 inches of water, reaching rates scientists didn’t expect to see until the next century

By Maddie Stone, Motherboard, Aug 7 2019 Greenland is losing its ice. The rate of loss has increased sixfold since the 1980s, per a paper published earlier this year. Over the last week, Greenland shed more than 60 billion tons of ice as a heat wave enveloped the Arctic island, triggering melting on a scale not seen since 2012. From July 31 …

Who Will Pay for the Huge Costs of Holding Back Rising Seas?

U.S. coastal cities face billions of dollars in costs for the extensive infrastructure projects needed to protect against rising seas and worsening storms. From Boston to Miami, government officials are only beginning to grasp the enormous expense of what will be required. BY JIM MORRISON • AUGUST 5, 2019 For cities in the United States, the price of infrastructure projects to combat rising seas and intensifying …

‘Biggest Crisis No One Is Talking About’: Quarter of Humanity Faces ‘Extremely High Water Stress’ Intensified by Climate Emergency

“Water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about. Its consequences are in plain sight in the form of food insecurity, conflict and migration, and financial instability.” August 06, 2019 by Common Dreams A child sits in an area affected by a drought in the southern outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 2016. In the same area this September, …

The climate crisis is the only truly global climate shift during the last two millennia: previous anomalies were regional

“It’s true that during the Little Ice Age it was generally colder across the whole world,” research team leader Raphael Neukom of the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern said, “but not everywhere at the same time. The peak periods of pre-industrial warm and cold periods occurred at different times in different places.” For example, …

Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

Jordan Davidson Jul. 25, 2019 Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention when it meets …